People of working age who live alone are more likely to be depressed compared with people living in families. The Finnish study reveals that such depressed people are 80% more likely to be taking antidepressants.
Poor housing conditions for women and a lack of social support for men are the main factors for depression. The study said that living alone could be linked with feelings of isolation and a lack of social integration and trust, which are risk factors for mental health.While, living with other people could offer emotional support and feelings of social integration, as well as other factors that protect against mental health problems.
The study is published in BioMed Central's public health journal.